Ke’e Beach on the island of Kauai may not actually be at the end of the world, but it certainly feels like it. The beach starts where the road ends and the only way to continue exploring the island is on foot via the Kalalau Trail.
But for those of us who don’t feel like hiking 22 miles round trip, Ke’e offers fantastic views of the famous Na Pali Coast from the comfort of a sandy towel. Plop down and watch the sun set behind the peaks as it melts into the seemingly endless Pacific Ocean.
Depending on the waves you can also go for a swim, surf or snorkel. But even if the lifeguards haven’t put up warning flags you should be careful. The day we visited the surf was so rough Nick compared it to the magical charging river horses in Lord of the Rings.
The waves were so huge that from a distance they almost appeared to be small islands on the horizon. As they came close to shore they crashed with such ferocity that water flew up ten feet in the air… and that was before they hit the rocks.
I stifled laughter as the water periodically climbed the beach all the way to the tree line, stealing towels, sandals and sunglasses indiscriminately as it moved out once again.
Even though we couldn’t get in a swim, this beautiful place was by far one of my favorite spots on the island. Not to mention the drive along the north shore is just gorgeous, offering peeks at dozens of other beaches and fascinatingly weird caves.
If you’re on the island make sure you don’t miss this spot!